Snow Buddies | Hip Kit Club

Hi crafty friends! If you saw my post last week then you know that Hip Kit Club is offering a free sketch in the HKC Facebook Forum! This week sketch number 2 was released and I have a new layout to share based off of that sketch using the 2016 November Kits and the December Documented Kit!

HKC Kelly Janes Design Team Layout | Hip Kit Club | 2016 November Kits & Document December Kit

I started with an American Crafts white textured cardstock included in the Cardstock Kit for my base. I then cut banners using one of the Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa pattern papers included in the Main Kit. I designed the banners in Cricut Design Space and used one of the Hip Kit Club exclusive cut files to slice out snowflakes from each banner. Speaking of cut files, did you know the HKC offers free cut files to everyone?! All you have to do is create an account on the HKC website. There is no obligation to purchase a kit….Just create an account and then click on the downloads tab. I love the little something extra that cut files bring to any papercrafting project!

HKC Kelly Janes Design Team Layout | Hip Kit Club | 2016 November Kits & Document December Kit

Once I had the banners positioned I moved onto the layers behind my photo. I used multiple Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa pattern papers included in the Main Kit and also a dark grey American Crafts Cardstock from the Cardstock Kit. To add a little more interest and pops of color in the photo mat I added a couple of ephemera pieces from the exclusive HKC ‘Tis the Season ephemera pack from the Main Kit and ephemera pieces from the Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa ephemera pack included in the December Documented Kit.

HKC Kelly Janes Design Team Layout | Hip Kit Club | 2016 November Kits & Document December Kit

I added a couple more clusters around the page to create a visual triangle. The cluster next to the photo consists of ephemera pieces from the Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa ephemera pack, snowflakes cut on white cardstock from an exclusive HKC cut file, and a light pink scalloped circle that was cut from one of the cardstock papers included in the 2016 October Cardstock Kit. I also added a small cluster using similar elements towards the bottom of the layout. I also pulled out my Martha Stewart Scoreboard (that I haven’t used in YEARS!) to add a little details around the border of the page.

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Now moving onto my title…I used a combination of the Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa wood veneer shapes from the Main Kit and the beautiful teal and gold chipboard alphas from Pinkfresh Studio from the December Documented Kit. The wood veneer pieces were blending in with the kraft colored pattern paper so I grabbed my silver glitter embossing powder from my stash and altered the wood veneer to help it stand out from the background. Mixing gold and silver on a layout has never bothered me especially when it is a winter or Christmas themed layout. I know there are people who like to stick with one or the other on layouts but I think as long as there are equal measures of both that they balance out. So to help equalize the gold and silver I added multiple areas of stitching using gold & silver metallic thread.

HKC Kelly Janes Design Team Layout | Hip Kit Club | 2016 November Kits & Document December Kit

This photo is so sweet and I just love these kiddos!!! This photo was taken last year at recess after I had lunch with Aidan. Aidan’s cousin is in the same grade and I just love the friendship they have with each other. I didn’t have cousins close to my age growing up so it has just been so fun watching their friendship develop. I’m so glad that they will always have a friend and always have someone to play with! And seriously, how cute are they?!?

HKC Kelly Janes Design Team Layout | Hip Kit Club | 2016 November Kits & Document December Kit

I wanted to add a little more detail to the layout so I grabbed white embroidery floss and the fun Crate Paper Snow and Cocoa pom poms from the December Documented Kit and made a garland that runs across the page! It adds a little dimension and pops of color! I also added a few splatters of gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine.

I’ve put together a process video showing how this layout came together! It also includes a Cricut Design Space tutorial showing you how I created the banners from scratch!

Be sure to head over to the HKC Facebook Forum to check out the sketch and to see what the other Design Team & members of the forum have created! Remember you do not have to be a HKC subscriber to join us over on the Facebook Forum! It’s just a fun place to chat with other papercrafting loving people and to share your projects if you wish! Thanks for joining me today!

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Christmas Headgear | Hip Kit Club

I hope everyone had a terrific Thanksgiving! Nothing is better then spending time with loved ones and eating yourself into a coma! Ha! I wanted to pop in today to share a layout that was posted on the Hip Kit Club Facebook Forum earlier this week. The Christmas season officially starts the day after Thanksgiving in our household, so I thought I would share a Christmas theme layout today on my blog using the GORGEOUS 2016 November Kits & the December Documented Kit. If you’d like an up close look at these kits be sure to check out my unboxing video!

Hip Kit Club | November 2016 Kits | Designer Kelly Janes

A few Hip Kit Club Design Team Members, myself included, are collaborating each week for a sketch challenge that is posted exclusively in the Hip Kit Club Facebook Forum. The sketch will only be released in the HKC Facebook Forum and it is FREE! You do not have to be a subscriber to the Hip Kits to join the Facebook Forum. It’s just a fun place to find inspiration, share your crafty projects, and chat with other papercrafting loving people! I joined the Forum prior to subscribing and just loved the community there! I really encourage you to head over and check it out! This is the layout I created based off of this week’s sketch.

Hip Kit Club | November 2016 Kits | Designer Kelly Janes

I started with American Crafts textured white cardstock from the Cardstock Kit and I then layered a couple of the Crate Paper-Snow and Cocoa pattern papers from the Main Kit for my base. Once I had those papers arranged I moved on to the layers behind my photo. I used multiple pattern papers from the Main Kit including papers from Snow and Cocoa, exclusive papers designed by Kim Watson, and also a couple pieces of cardstock from the Cardstock Kit for my layers.

Hip Kit Club | November 2016 Kits | Designer Kelly Janes

The dark grey cardstock directly behind my photo was a little too dark so I grabbed the Foiled Again Dazzlerz Texture Paste from the Color Kit and painted over the cardstock just to lighten it up a bit. The shimmer that the Dazzlerz added was just an awesome bonus! Once I had my photo adhered to the layers I felt like I wanted a bit more color so I grabbed the Well Blue Me Down Coloringz Mist (that is also included in the Color Kit) and a piece of packaging to apply a watercolor look to the background.

Hip Kit Club | November 2016 Kits | Designer Kelly Janes

Then it was time to embellish! I grabbed the cute acetate deer from the Snow and Cocoa ephemera pack from the December Documented Kit and a snowman from the HKC exclusive puffy sticker sheet from the Embellishment Kit. I also used multiple die cuts from the exclusive ‘Tis The Season ephemera pack in the Main Kit! I wanted to add more snowflakes to the layers so I used one of the HKC exclusive cut files with white cardstock. The colors are just gorgeous in this kit! I still can’t get over how beautiful everything is!

Hip Kit Club | November 2016 Kits | Designer Kelly Janes

I then moved onto the strips at the top of the layout. I used multiple pattern papers from the Main Kit (including some of the manufacturer strips), ephemera pieces from the exclusive ephemera pack in the Main Kit, and applied the same Coloringz Mist from the Color Kit to match the mixed media by my photo.

Hip Kit Club | November 2016 Kits | Designer Kelly Janes

This photo was taken last year when I went into the school to have lunch with Aidan on my day off work. It was Christmas headgear day at school so the teachers and kids were all wearing either Santa hats or reindeer antlers, etc. I joined in the fun and wore a Santa hat to match Aidan and we snapped a selfie while we were sitting at the lunch table. Naturally my title for this layout is ‘Christmas Headgear’. I pulled the word Christmas from the exclusive ‘Tis The Season ephemera pack in the Main Kit and I used the beautiful glittery silver Thickers from the Embellishment Kit to make the word ‘Headgear’. I typed my journaling, using the We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter, onto a piece of scrap paper and then cut the paper into strips and added it under my title. For final touches I added multiple sequins from the Embellishment Kit and black splatters using Heidi Swapp Color Shine from my stash.

Hip Kit Club | November 2016 Kits | Designer Kelly Janes

Here’s a process video showing how this all came together! Remember to head over to the HKC Facebook Forum to check out the other design team members creations and to play along! I would love to see what you create!

Thanks so much for joining me today!

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Hello Wednesdays | The Cut Shoppe

Happy Wednesday friends! I shared a layout on The Cut Shoppe Blog yesterday of this fall layout using the Leaf It To Me Cut File!

The Cut Shoppe Fall Themed Layout using the Leaf It To Me Cut File, Simple Stories, and Oakley Avenue

The Cut Shoppe | Leaf It To Me Cut File

It’s so hard to believe that Thanksgiving is tomorrow!! Where has this year gone?! For our family the Christmas season starts the day after Thanksgiving so I knew that I needed to sneak in at least one fall themed layout before I move onto my Christmas themed layouts and my December Daily themed album.

The Cut Shoppe Fall Themed Layout using the Leaf It To Me Cut File, Simple Stories, and Oakley Avenue

I used all four images from the Leaf It To Me Cut File. I love that two of the images are solid and the other two are open leaving room to back them with your favorite pattern papers. I grabbed a pattern paper from the CTMH Pathfinding Paper Packet and couple different Simple Stories fall themed collections for the leaves. I know there is a few pieces from the Sweater Weather Collection and I want to say that the other collection is Hello Fall or maybe it is Harvest Lane? These collections have been in my stash for some time and some of the labels were not attached to all of the items. I also used a wood veneer, washi and an ephemera piece from the Pretty Little Studio Oakley Avenue Collection designed by Ashley Horton.

The Cut Shoppe Fall Themed Layout using the Leaf It To Me Cut File, Simple Stories, and Oakley Avenue

I started by positioning the PLS ‘Hello’ wood veneer and ephemera piece at the top of the layout but off center. I wanted to create a slightly diagonal design for this layout. I then positioned my photo and tucked the leaves from the cut file on either side. I added in a few gold rub-ons from Jen Hadfield Warm and Cozy underneath the leaves. I added the second portion of my title ‘Wednesdays’ using alpha stickers from the Simple Stories Sweater Weather Collection. I also added a washi strip from the PLS Oakley Avenue Collection directly under the alpha stickers. The colors match each other beautifully!!

The Cut Shoppe Fall Themed Layout using the Leaf It To Me Cut File, Simple Stories, and Oakley Avenue

This layout is to document the recent changes in my weekly schedule. I started working a half day from home on Wednesdays so I am able to see Aidan in the morning before he heads off to school and I am able to pick him up an extra day each week. This photo was taken on the first day of my schedule change. I picked Aidan up from school and we went for a walk through the trails on his school’s campus. It was such a beautiful fall day, the leaves were changing, and it was just an all around perfect afternoon! I wanted to document how excited and grateful I am to have this extra time with him each week.

The Cut Shoppe Fall Themed Layout using the Leaf It To Me Cut File, Simple Stories, and Oakley Avenue

My journaling is typed onto the layout using the We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter. One thing to keep in mind when using the WRMK Typewriter is that you have to add the journaling prior to adhering anything down! I typically get my layout mapped out and make pencil marks on the layout where the journaling needs placed, add my journaling, erase the pencil lines, and then adhere the photo(s), embellishments, cut files, etc.

The Cut Shoppe Fall Themed Layout using the Leaf It To Me Cut File, Simple Stories, and Oakley Avenue

I added a few pattern paper strips to the bottom of the cardstock to give the layout a little grounding. I then added gold splatters using Heidi Swapp Color Shine, gold stitching and few wood veneer accents for final touches.

The Cut Shoppe Fall Themed Layout using the Leaf It To Me Cut File, Simple Stories, and Oakley Avenue

Here’s a quick process video showing how this layout came together!

Thanks for stopping by and remember to stop by The Cut Shoppe Etsy Store!

Kelly Janes

Navy Pier | Hip Kit Club

Hey friends! I recently shared a layout using the October 2016 Kits on the Hip Kit Club Facebook page and wanted to share it here as well!

Hip Kit Club | October 2016 Kits | Kelly Janes

I started with a textured sheet of the Fountain Cardstock from American Crafts that is included in the Cardstock Kit. I then cut two diagonal pieces from one of the pattern papers from the Maggie Holmes Gather Collection. I did use the pattern paper from the Main Kit and the Paper Add On Kit because I wanted to have the colors and design match for symmetry on the layout. That’s the bonus of getting the Paper Add On! You get an extra sheet of all of the pattern papers that are included in the Main Kit.

Hip Kit Club | October 2016 Kits | Kelly Janes

Then I started working on my photo mat. This photo was taken while we were in Chicago this past summer and I knew that I wanted to use the skyline cut file that was created by Zinia! It just matched the theme of the photo so well! So I used a couple different pattern papers from the Maggie Holmes Gather Collection from the Main Kit and tucked my photo directly behind the cut file. I wanted the photo mat to stand out from the background so I added a layer of the dark navy American Crafts textured cardstock from the Cardstock Kit behind the photo. I also tucked in a couple of the 4×6 Project Life cards from the Project Life Kit as layering pieces behind the photo.

Hip Kit Club | October 2016 Kits | Kelly Janes

I then moved on to adding a little mixed media onto the background cardstock. I used the triangle stencil that was included in the June 2016 Color Kit. I debated on which color of texture paste to use with the stencil and decided on the Spun Sugar Dazzlerz that was included in the May 2016 Color Kit because it matched the two diagonal pieces of pattern paper that I have on the background. I also added a border of hand stitching using white embroidery floss.

Hip Kit Club | October 2016 Kits | Kelly Janes

Next came my FAVORITE part of every layout! EMBELLISHING!!! I added multiple pieces from the Simple Stories Posh Collection. Including the chipboard pieces from the Embellishment Kit and stickers from the Project Life Kit. I added the ‘Enjoy Life’ wood veneer piece from the We R Memory Keepers Honey I’m Home Collection included in the Main Kit. The adorable feather is fussy cut from one of the exclusive Project Life cards from the Project Life Kit and I also added a couple hearts from the WRMK-Honey I’m Home Collection. One is a puffy heart and is included in the Embellishment Kit and the other is a flat sticker from the Project Life Kit.

Hip Kit Club | October 2016 Kits | Kelly Janes

My layout was loosely based off of the HKC November Sketch designed by Tarrah. I used the diagonal elements on the sketch but tucked them closer to my photo and I used a 4×6 photo rather than 2 smaller photos. That is the #1 thing I love about sketches! They are great to use as a jumping off point! This sketch should be posted in the HKC Facebook Forum soon and we would love to see what you create based off this sketch!

HKC November Sketch

I have a process video that shows how this layout came together!! It also includes a Cricut Design Space tutorial!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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